Las Vegas, California high-speed rail project awarded $6.1 billion


LAS VEGAS, Nevada: The U.S. Transportation Department has allocated US$3 billion for a $12 billion Las Vegas to Southern California high-speed rail project, as well as $3.07 billion to a project connecting San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The Las Vegas to Los Angeles project aims to be completed before the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, while the California high-speed rail authority program seeks to move travelers from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds of more than 200 miles per hour.

In a statement this week, Senator Jacky Rosen, a Nevada Democrat, said, “This historic high-speed rail project will be a game changer for Nevada’s tourism economy and transportation.”

Rosen has pushed for the Las Vegas project, which had sought funding worth $3.75 billion.

The 218-mile (350km) “Brightline West” project is expected to reach speeds of around 186 miles per hour, resulting in a projected journey time of 2 hours and 10 minutes. A formal announcement of the project funded by the $1 trillion 2021 infrastructure law is planned for December 8.

The White House will announce rail awards totaling $8.2 billion on the same day.

The San Francisco to Los Angeles project is estimated to cost between $88 billion and $128 billion, and Brightline West predicts it will remove three million cars from I to 15 annually.

Wes Edens, founder and chairman of Brightline, said the award was “a historic moment that will serve as a foundation for a new industry and a remarkable project that will serve as the blueprint for how we can repeat this model throughout the country.”

2023-12-10 09:43:18 , Latest Santa Barbara News RSS feed – Big News Network

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